You do not have to stay near an ocean or a water body to show concern and take care of them. With the increase in the use of plastic and other harmful objects to the environment, the idea of protecting the natural bodies, including oceans and coral reef’s is increasing in today’s world. It is not only our duty to enjoy the calmness and the beauty these oceans offer, but it is also essential to take care of them. Follow these 15 ways to protect the oceans and coasts, regardless of where you live.
One-third of the carbon in the atmosphere gets directed to the ocean. Now you know why the coral reefs are vanishing. Hence, cut down on carbon emissions.
Use reusable products
By now, all of us know the harmful effects of using plastic water bottles and plastic in general that takes thousands of years to degrade into the soil. Instead of waiting, make use of reusable water bottles and cups.
Hold companies accountable
Despite the ban on plastic items, majority of the companies and small businesses still use tons of plastic daily. Raise your voice against them and hold them accountable.
If you happen to live close by to a beach or an ocean, make it a point to volunteer for beach or seashore cleaning regimen. In this way, you can even attract a community to volunteer for clean-up’s.
Despite the massive amounts of plastic used by specific large scale business and companies, some small startups avoid entirely plastic. Extend help to make such businesses grow.
Choose naturally made skincare products.
Fourteen thousand sunscreen companies and products use reef and their residues to create cosmetic products. Make sure you’re not of the people who use them and spread awareness regarding the same.
BYO Policy in California
If you’re staying in California, then advocate the “Bring Your Bill” policy, which is to bring your takeouts and bags to the stores, instead of using plastic ones.
Reduce carbon emissions
Buy locally cultivated fruits and vegetables, especially from a local farmer. This avoids the use of high-end packaging in malls, significantly contributing to reductions in carbon emissions.
Ditch one-time-use cups
Like mentioned above, it is better to use reusable cups and straws, instead of single useable ones, that will increase the garbage content.
Reduce the amount of plastic, metal and usage of other items that take thousands of years to degrade into the soil.
Educate yourself about the harmful effects of changing the environment and the oceans drastically.
Donate to ocean charities
It is not possible to visit an ocean every month or two to volunteer for activities, but you can still help in making it a better place, by assisting in the funding the teams and charities to save the coasts and oceans
Use limited water
Use of excess water can overwhelm the sewage treatment plants and can cause an abundance of dirt which ultimately leads to the oceans and other water bodies.
Watch what you eat
Consuming a considerable amount of seafood and watching what kind of fish you eat also plays a significant role in concerning the oceans.
Reach out to officials
In case you want to volunteer for an activity or find something “fishy”, reach out to the officials who can take action legally.